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24th July, 2014 - 8:17 am
primus saver uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

Bargain hunters looking to take Primus Saver’s ultra-cheap £1.20 per month (plus £13.99 line rental) broadband and phone bundle, which comes with a 20GB usage allowance, free router and free UK evening and weekend calls, should take note that the ISP will soon withdraw it in favour of new “totally unlimited” packages. The existing fibre (FTTC) deals will also soon be gone.

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23rd July, 2014 - 2:43 pm
europasat

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Oxfordshire-based broadband Satellite ISP EuropaSat has announced that customers who take either their Tooway (Eutelsat) or SES based packages will now be able to benefit from half-price monthly rental for the first three months of service.

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23rd July, 2014 - 2:15 pm
bt wifi uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

Around 2,000 military and civilian personnel at RAF Northolt in London can now get online via a new WiFi Hotspot based wireless Internet access service after BT completed the installation of the new “high-speed” network via 480 access points today.

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23rd July, 2014 - 1:49 pm
westminster uk government

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

The UK’s semi-recycled Data Retention and Investigation Powers Act (DRIP), which extends the range of Internet snooping that the Government can perform on its citizens and was controversially rushed into law last week under emergency powers (here), will become the subject of a Judicial Review process if some MPs get their way.

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23rd July, 2014 - 1:15 pm
bt openreach cable maintenance

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme in England has today confirmed the next round (Phase 3) of areas that can expect to benefit from the councils state aid supported roll-out of BT’s superfast broadband (FTTC/P) services, which aim to reach “at least” 90% of local premises by the end of 2015 and 95% by 2017.

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23rd July, 2014 - 12:58 pm
isles of scilly

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The £132m Superfast Cornwall project has announced that the cable ship called ‘Resolute’ will today complete the first major phase of a £3.7m effort to divert two unused submarine fibre optic cables to the Isles of Scilly (the cables had previously been used for communications between the UK, Ireland and Spain).

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23rd July, 2014 - 9:50 am
oecd

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which covers 34 countries that support democracy and a market economy, has reported that at the end of 2013 the United Kingdom ranked 8th for fixed line broadband penetration (i.e. 35.2 subscribers per 100 inhabitants). Fibre optic (FTTH/P/B) connections also continued to grow.

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23rd July, 2014 - 8:48 am
talktalk uk isp

Author: Mark Jackson | 0 Comments

Budget ISP TalkTalk has revealed the latest results for Q2-2014 (calendar), which saw their broadband subscriber base grow by +10,000 in the quarter to total 4,206,000 (i.e. stable growth from +10k added in Q1). Meanwhile their planned roll-out of ultrafast FTTP broadband in the city of York is also making progress.

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23rd July, 2014 - 8:00 am
network_cable_connector_0

Author: Mark Jackson | 2 Comments

The Government’s Broadband Connection Vouchers scheme, which offers grants worth up to £3,000 to help SME businesses install a superfast broadband (30Mbps+) service in 22 cities across the United Kingdom, is continuing to suffer from low uptake with only around 4% (1,500 approved applications) of the £100m fund being drawn down.

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22nd July, 2014 - 4:20 pm
fiber optic cable bright

Author: Mark Jackson | 1 Comment

Around 70+ businesses on the Cardiff Gate International Business Park in Wales can now gain access to top broadband speeds of 1000Mbps after Welsh ISP Spectrum Internet expanded the reach of their fibre optic network into the area by using the city’s Connection Voucher scheme, which makes this the first such park to benefit in the whole of Wales.

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22nd July, 2014 - 2:51 pm
o2 uk

Author: Mark Jackson | 4 Comments

O2 UK, which might soon find itself in hot water with the advertising watchdog.. again, has launched an enhanced O2 Travel add-on that claims to give existing pay monthly customers access to uncapped Mobile Broadband data usage (or 50MB on pay-as-you-go) while roaming in Europe for just £1.99 per day. Naturally there’s a catch.

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22nd July, 2014 - 2:06 pm
vodafone uk mobile broadband

Author: Mark Jackson | 10 Comments

Mobile operator Vodafone has announced that it will shortly begin expanding the use of their Open Sure Signal (Femtocell) technology in order to make 3G based Mobile Broadband and voice calling services available in up to 100 new rural communities across the United Kingdom.

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22nd July, 2014 - 12:04 pm
money_pounds_sterling_uk1

Author: Mark Jackson | 5 Comments

A second study from the UK telecoms regulator today, which looks at the affordability of communication services, reveals that the majority of consumers view phone, mobile and Internet connectivity as “essential” and (86%) “never had difficulties meeting the costs” of such connectivity. But the story is different for those on lower incomes.

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22nd July, 2014 - 11:18 am
blocked_uk_website_parental_control

Author: Mark Jackson | 3 Comments

Ofcom has today published a new report that looks at the measures adopted by four of the largest broadband ISPs (BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Sky Broadband) to help parents “protect children from harmful content online” by offering network-level filtering (censorship) systems to block adult sites. But adoption by new subscribers is fairly limited and there have been a number of errors.

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